Hufstedler, Shirley Mount

Hufstedler, Shirley Mount, 1925–, American jurist and U.S. secretary of education (1980–81), b. Denver. After pursuing a career in private law practice (1950–60) she became a county and state judge in California (1961–68) and a federal appeals court judge in Ninth Circuit (1968–80). In 1979, President Jimmy Carter named her the first secretary of education the department was established the following year. Since leaving the education department she has returned to private practice and taught.

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